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How’s your baby’s tummy health

How’s your baby’s tummy health

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Tummy troubles often cause discomfort to your little one’s health. You are often not sure about what is troubling your baby and start worrying. Learning more about her tummy will help you take better care of your baby. Read ahead to know about 2 of the more common tummy related problems- bloating and spitting-up.

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Bloating

Sometimes you may notice that your baby’s tummy looks swollen in size. Before you panic and start dialling your doctor''''s number, relax! Most probably it is nothing but bloating.

Bloating occurs because of fluids or gas inside the tummy. Sometimes enough digestive juices may not be produced in your baby’s immature tummy tract. If there is less amount of digestive juices, the food which she eats gets only partly digested. This partly digested food then goes into your baby’s intestines and forms excessive gas.

Know when to consult your doctor

Bloating affects almost every baby in the world and as you might know now, it is a temporary problem. However, if it continues for a long time, or if it looks like she is showing intolerance/allergy to only a particular food item, you should consult your doctor.

Spitting-up

It can be really upsetting when your baby spits up just after you have fed her. Relax, spitting up is common. You will breathe a sigh of relief to know that 67% of healthy babies spit up more than once a day between 0-4 months and around 23% of babies spit-up up to 6 months.

Your baby spits up when she swallows air along with your breast milk. The trapped air has to come up, and when it does, some of the liquid comes out from your baby’s mouth too. When your baby spits up, keep calm and do not panic. You should try to keep your baby in an upright position for a while after feeding.

As your little one grows, the muscles of her food pipe also develop and get stronger. She will be then able to digest food properly and would not spit up. So, there are chances that your baby stops spitting up before her first birthday.

Know when to consult your doctor

You should not worry as long as your baby seems comfortable and is gaining weight. But you should always consult a doctor if your baby is:

  • Not gaining weight
  • Spitting up forcefully
  • Spitting up green or yellow liquid that looks like coffee grounds
  • Showing signs of discomfort such as fever, diarrhoea

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